Beginning with the Introduction to “In Praise of Tara”, Martin Willson sets out to describe Tara as a Mother Goddess, Bodhisattva, and Tantric Deity. Willson’s depiction of Tara begins at a defining moment in her history where she is taking her Bodhisattva Vow in a non-traditional fashion whereby “she vows to work for others for ever in the form of a woman.” In In Praise of Tara, Tara’s resolve, taken countless ages ago, speaks directly to 21st century readers, as she chooses to refrain from taking any male rebirths. The second aspect of Tara’s personality Willson focuses on in In Praise of Tara is that she is the Buddhist form of the Divine Feminine or Great Mother Goddess. In this guise she is as familiar as Demeter, Isis, the Virgin Mary, Durga, Ceres, Juno and the like – or goddess of the earth, netherworld, and the heavens – or all form. Her divine nature is one of transformation as well as being the Lady of the Plants and Animals.
Tara as the Tantric Deity is an embodiment of a perfect Buddha, one who has eliminated all faults. As a deity who chooses to continue to perform the actions of a Bodhisattva, she can act as effectively as possible, making her the most perfect Bodhisattva. Willson brings Tara to life in a vivid and engaging fashion that will help both men and women see it is possible to realize enlightenment.-
- Paperback, 496 pages.
- Published by Wisdom Publishers, 1992.
- Contains 10 line drawings and 8 color plates as well as a history of the Tara Tantra, practice and canonical texts, and lyrical praises.
- Tibetan Tara has the ability to act with lightening speed to assist those in distress as well as fulfilling your wishes. Willson tells you why.